Pilsen restaurant closed after insects found

Restaurant and Catering IndustryLifestyle and LeisureRestaurantsDining and DrinkingPilsenRichard M. DaleyJose Cruz

A Pilsen neighborhood Mexican restaurant was ordered closed today after it was cited when city health officials found roaches and flying insects at the business, officials said.

El Taconazo Restaurant at 2350 W. Cermak Road was closed after the restaurant's management failed to correct the problem, which was first observed on March 9 by inspectors with Mayor Daley's Dumpster Task Force, officials said in a press release.

Inspectors happened to observe problems at the restaurant when they were in the area responding to a separate complaint, officials said.

At the time of the March 9 visit, inspectors found flying insects in a back storage area. Because the pests were isolated and were not deemed an immediate threat to the food supply, inspectors ticketed the restaurant for the problem.

At that time, management officials were instructed to correct the problem before the Task Force returned or face an automatic closure, officials said.

When inspectors returned today, in addition to the flying insects they found roaches throughout the restaurant in plain sight including spotting roaches crawling on an orange in a bowl of fruit on the counter, on a shelf where tortillas were stored, under a gumball machine, by a hot water tank and in a back food storage area, officials said.

Both types of pests were also seen climbing the walls in a rear food prep area. The restaurant was ordered closed after the first violation was uncorrected, officials said. The restaurant must pass re-inspection before it can reopen, said Jose Cruz, deputy commissioner of the Streets and Sanitation's bureau of rodent control.
 
“Management knew they would be closed if their pest problem wasn’t completely addressed by the time that our inspectors returned, but they failed to act in a timely manner and had to face the consequences,” said Cruz.

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